State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at upcoming meeting

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider adopting a resolution at their February 22nd board meeting that will further incorporate climate change considerations into water board actions. The State Water Board adopted a similar resolution in 2007 outlining the actions staff should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: State Water Resources Control Board releases its first water-related climate change resolution

California Water Governance Takes Important Step Forward By Robert Shibatani The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its new Resolution titled, “Comprehensive Response to Climate Change – Resolution No. 2017-XXX”.  This Resolution will, for the first time, provide SWRCB staff the opportunity to develop specific new guidance on the analytical methods, procedures, and permitting approvals associated with a wide […]

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Governor Brown to Climate Scientists: “We Will Persevere”

From the Office of the Governor: Rallying thousands of scientists at one of the largest international gatherings of its kind, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today called on the scientific community – the “truth-tellers” and “truth seekers” – to mobilize for the climate fight. “The time has never been more urgent or your work never more important. The climate is […]

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Drought, climate change, and California water management

Climate change will stress all aspects of our water management system, particularly the Delta; however, multiple strategies do exist to minimize the effects, says Dr. Ted Grantham The ongoing and extensive drought has had an effect on all aspects of California’s natural environment and agricultural resources, but it may be a sign of things to come.  Most climate change research […]

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David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought

David Sedlak talks about how cities can build reliable water supplies that can withstand drought and climate change As the world’s climate patterns continue to shift unpredictably, places where drinking water was once abundant may soon find reservoirs dry and groundwater aquifers depleted. In this TEDx talk, given by civil and environmental engineer David Sedlak, shares four practical solutions to […]

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Climate variability and change: Trends and impacts on California agriculture

Dr. Tapan Pathak looks at how climate variability, increasing temperatures, and changing precipitation could affect California agriculture In this presentation, Dr. Tapan Pathak, a Cooperative Extension Specialist with University of California Division of Ag and Natural Resources, discusses climate variability and climate impacts on California agriculture. Dr. Tapan Pathak began with some basic facts about California agriculture.  California has 76,400 […]

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Climate change and the potential effects on water operations

PCWA’s Andy Fecko looks at what projections for sea level rise and warming temperatures could potentially mean for water operations at Folsom and in the Delta Climate change models predict a wide range of impacts that a warming climate will bring; most often discussed are warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, reduced snowpack, and rising sea levels.  In this presentation from […]

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Dr. Peter Gleick: The (past, present, and) future of water

Dr. Gleick shares his vision for a sustainable water future for California, and gives his recommendations on how to achieve it At the February 27th Planning and Conservation League annual symposium, The Future Is Now, panel discussions and presentations focused on land use, water, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Planning and Conservation League is a non-profit organization […]

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Building resilient landscapes into flood protection and infrastructure projects

Integrated approaches are the great challenge, but also the best hope In the Bay Area, preparing for climate change impacts is one of several drivers leading flood protection agencies to pursue nature-based flood management practices.  As agencies prepare to replace aging infrastructure, the next generation of flood protection can be designed to dampen the impacts of climate change, increase ecosystem […]

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The Tipping Point: How 2016 will shape California’s water future

SGMA implementation and the spending rules for Prop 1 water storage funds all present important opportunities to change California’s water management practices, say the Union of Concerned Scientists With the state remaining gripped in drought and El Nino not providing the hoped-for relief, drought and climate change impacts are being felt statewide, and the state is poised to address these […]

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